Andy Clarno

Associate Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies 
Acting Director of the Social Justice Initiative 

Research Interests: Globalization and Empire, Urban Sociology, Space and Place, Political Sociology, Nationalism, State Formation, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Africa and the Middle East 

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Bio:
Andy Clarno is Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and the Acting Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines racism, capitalism, colonialism, and empire in the early 21st century, with a focus on the relationship between marginalization and securitization. Andy teaches courses on globalization, race and ethnicity, policing, and urban sociology.  

Andy’s new book, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press 2017), analyzes the political, economic, and social changes in South Africa and Palestine/Israel since 1994. In the early 1990s, the South African state was democratized and Black South Africans gained formal legal equality. Palestinians, on the other hand, won neither freedom nor equality and Israel remains a settler colonial state. Despite these differences, neoliberal (de)colonization has generated similar socio-economic changes in both regions: growing inequality, racialized poverty, and advanced strategies for securing the powerful and policing the racialized poor. Neoliberal Apartheid explores this paradox through an analysis of settler colonialism and racial capitalism. This is the first comparative study of social change in South Africa and Palestine/Israel since the 1990s. It addresses the limitations of liberation in South Africa, highlights the impact of neoliberal restructuring in Palestine/Israel, and argues that a new form of neoliberal apartheid has emerged in both regions. 

Andy is currently leading a research workshop focused on policing in Chicago. Building on long histories of struggle, communities of color in Chicago are forging powerful solidarities as they confront the criminalization of Black youth, the deportation of Latinxs, and the surveillance of Arab/Muslim communities. Yet most studies of policing analyze these communities in isolation. This project will shift the focus by exploring the relationship between local police departments, federal immigration authorities, and national security agencies. It is designed as a community-engaged research workshop that brings faculty and students at UIC into conversation with community organizations in Chicago.

Some of Andy’s recent publications include “Neoliberal Colonization in the West Bank” in Social Problems (Forthcoming), “Rethinking Our Definition of Apartheid” with Haidar Eid in Al-Shabaka (August 2017), “Hiking the West Bank” in Contexts (Spring 2015), “Rescaling White Space in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg” in Antipode (November 2013), “Securing Oslo” in Middle East Report (Winter 2013), and “The Constitution of State/Space and the Limits of ‘Autonomy’ in South Africa and Palestine/Israel” in Sociology and Empire, edited by George Steinmetz (2013).

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Contact Information

Office:    4125 BSB 
Phone:    (312) 996-5904
Email:    aclarno@uic.edu